The Network 23 Online Seminar Series 2023 featured two leading academics in the field of education policy studies, both with a close relationship with Network 23. Over 100 friends and associates of the network registered to attend the seminars, which provided an opportunity for those from across the wider education policy research community to connect with each other.
- Researching with democratic intent: The responsibilities of researchers in high-stakes accountability systems | Professor Gemma Moss, University College London (UCL)
- The liberalization of teacher employment regimes: European perspectives on the flexibilization of the teaching workforce and careers | Professor Xavier Dumay, Université catholique de Louvain (UCL)
Network 23 has been gradually developing specific strategies for making the research output of the network visible through publications. It is a theme that is regularly revisited in network meetings at ECER conferences. Network 23 is first and foremost committed to the European Educational Research Journal and its promotion, as this is the official journal of EERA. Editors of two other journals, the Scottish (International) Educational Review and Education Inquiry, are members of our Network, and the convenors work closely with these journals to promote papers presented at ECER conferences.
Convenors also promote the research work of the network by seeking contributions to the recently launched EERA Blog and circulating information in the network’s mailing list throughout the year, in both cases aiming to make the research of EERA visible and accessible to a broad spectrum of readers. To join the mailing list, send a blank message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have a Special Call for ECER 2024 in Nicosia entitled ‘Education policy and the politics of education in an age of uncertainty’. After the conference, we will invite selected authors to contribute to a journal special issue on this topic for publication in 2025.
We are also working on a proposal for an edited handbook on education policy and the politics of education featuring authors who represent the work of the network.
Ongoing developments for future conferences:
- aim for 30 network reviewers
- the final presenter in each session will act as chair
- provide clear communications, including a welcome email will be sent to all whose papers have been accepted by Network 23 with advice on how the conference works together with conference and network information
- arrange informal breakfast & lunchtime gatherings and a social event for all
- provide support for those new to Network 23 and/or ECER including emerging researchers
- encourage network members to contact the convenors to share ideas on activities and/or initiatives that will further promote inclusiveness and development of the network
We are pleased with our ongoing work to widen participation and will continue to prioritise attracting participants from underrepresented countries.
We will invite queries from potential authors before submission and continue to develop support including linking with and contributing to the Emerging Researchers Group (ERG). Xavier Rambla is the network link with the ERG.
Reviewers are now asked to inform the conveners about proposals that are poorly expressed because of English language difficulties, but otherwise acceptable, so that we can explore the possibility of further support for their authors.
We intend to repeat the online seminar series annually, restricting the series to two seminars each year. We have no immediate plans to apply for EERA Funding.